Gonzales receives $2.4 million to relocate water pipes on Roddy Road

GONZALES, La. (WAFB) – A $2.4 million loan is helping the town of Gonzales relocate water pipes along Roddy Road, so the road can be widened and roundabouts can be built. installed.

According to the city, project officials expect the relocation project, which began in late April, to be completed by the end of September.

Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux says this project will ensure road widening will not be delayed and quality water service will remain uninterrupted during construction.

The $2.4 million loan was provided to the city through the Los Angeles Department of Health’s Drinking Water Revolving Fund Program.

“We are very grateful for the assistance we have received from LDH officials and the Clean Water Revolving Fund Program in securing the necessary funding for this project,” Mayor Arceneaux said.

According to City Engineer Jackie Baumann, PE, the relocated water lines are between Black Bayou Road and Airline Highway.

“In addition to installing new lines in a newly acquired right of way, we are checking with water customers along this route to ensure their meters have been converted to the new smart meters for more reliable readings,” said said Baumann.

The city of Gonzales completed the $2.4 million loan on May 24, said DWRLF program manager Joel McKenzie.

“Once a loan is approved, water systems can use the funds to make their improvements,” McKenzie said. “As the water systems repay the loans, the principal and interest are used to make more money available to other communities that have clean water needs.”

The loan is low interest and has a maximum repayment period of 20 years, McKenzie added.

“All loan projects are approved based on a prioritization system. Among other factors, projects that address the most serious risks to human health and those that ensure compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act are given the highest priority,” he said.

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